Pet Friendly Parks in Volusia County
They wait for us to come home, love us unconditionally, never leave our sides when we're sick or upset, and wouldn't dream about complaining about anything. No wonder dogs are considered man's best friend. If your playful pooches are considered part of the family like ours are, we're betting you're always looking for great places to take them to get them out of the house.
Look no further! We've rounded up some of the best spots in the county to bring your best friends to. Please remember folks to keep your pup leashed at all times and to please clean up after them at all locations.
1. Smyrna Dunes Park
2995 N Peninsula Ave.
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
This gorgeous park covers over 73 acres of land and sits on the northern end of the New Smyrna Beach Peninsula. Water surrounds the park on three sides and the view across the water is of Ponce Inlet and the accompanying lighthouse. This is one of only two locations in Volusia County where dogs are permitted on the beach and to swim in the ocean. The vast coastline starts with a newly renovated fishing pier and spreads down to the rock jetty where surfers are ever present.
Make a day of your trip swimming, fishing, and grilling out under the covered pavillions, or come just for a scenic stroll over the 2 miles of elevated walkways and catch the sunset. The park is open 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset. One time admission is $10 per vehicle or an annual pass can be purchased for $20 for access to both the Dunes park and the Lighhouse Point Park in Ponce Inlet.
2. Lighthouse Point Park
5000 S Atlantic Ave.
Ponce Inlet, FL 32127
Lighhouse Point Park is the second location in Volusia County that permits dogs on the beach and in the water. It is located on the southern tip of the Ponce Inlet Peninsula and is adjacent to the Smyrna Dunes Park. The 52-acre park features fishing, nature trails, an observation deck and tower, swimming and pavilions.
Take a break from the sun and explore the historic lighthouse and surrounding grounds, or grab some grub at the neighboring Down the Hatch or Hidden Treasures local favorite spots. Park hours are from sunrise to sunset. Admission is $10 per car and $20 for an annual pass that also works at Smyrna Dunes Park.
3. Gemini Springs Dog Park
37 Dirksen Dr.
DeBary, FL 32713
Popular demand for more dog friendly spots in the county sparked the opening of this 2 part dog park located within the Gemini Springs park. It's a 4.5 acre fenced in area for your pups to roam free that is divided into two sections. One for dogs under 25 pounds, and one section for larger dogs over 25 pounds.
The park includes shaded areas, picnic tables, restrooms, benches, dog water fountains and washing stations. Camping, fishing and hiking are avaailable at Gemini Springs and dogs are permitted to join you in all activities through the park as long as they are leashed. The park is open from sunrise to sunset and admission is free.
4. Michael Crotty Bicentennial Park
1800 N Ocean Shore Blvd.
Ormond Beach, FL 32176
This 37 acre park that stretches from the Halifax River to the Atlantic Ocean is loaded with anemities that the whole family can enjoy. Don't leave Max at home this time. The fenced in dog park within covers over 4 acres of land and is equipped with benches, watering stations and lots of shaded areas. It is split into two sections for smaller and larger dogs.
Sports lovers this is the park for you! It's equipped with basketball, volleyball, shuffleboard, tennis, and raquetball courts as well as baseball, soccer, and football fields. Launch the boat or kayaks in, bring the poles to fish off the dock, or grill up some dogs (hotdogs that is) in the picnic area while the kids play on the playground.
This park is open from sunrise to sunset and admission is free. Pavillion rentals are also available, please contact the park for additional information.
5. Barkley Square Dog Park
1010 N Ridgewood Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
Located in northern Deland, Barkley Square is considered a local gem by humans and pups alike. Covering over 14 acres, the fenced in area is divided into sections for large and small dogs, training events, and time-out spaces, if need be. The large breed area includes a man made, staff maintained pond that your pets are welcome to swim in.
Berkley Square is one of our faves because of the vast open spaces that give our pups abundant room to run through. This park is open 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset, and admission is free.
6.Beck Ranch Park
751 S SR 415
Originially a working cattle ranch, Beck Rach Park was purchased by Voulisa County to preserve the historical buildings, like the grain silo and scale house, and to provide the public with a multipurpose park. Covering over 265 acres, this spot is a local favorite for picnics and lounging because of the enormous looming live oak trees throughout.
The park offers a fenced in area for dogs, one for small dogs and one for the larger breeds, 3 pavilions with picnic tables and grills, two volleyball courts, a playground, and two large sports fields that can be used for any activity. It's open 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset and admission is free.
7. Canaveral National Seashore
7600 S Atlantic Ave.
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
Hop on Atlantic Ave. in New Smyrna and head south and you’ll run right into Canaveral National Seashore. This archaeological gold mine runs down the coast for 7 miles and holds historic landmarks such as Turtle Mound, Seminole Rest, the Eldora House and Castle Windy. Dogs are not permitted on the beach at this location. Not to worry, they can join you through the rest of the park on the west side of Atlantic Ave.
Take your furry friends to check out all the landmarks, fish off the dock, put the boat or kayaks in by multiple boat launches, stroll down nature trails, or find the perfect little swimming and fishing hole in Mosquito Lagoon. This park is open 7 days a week from 6 AM to 8 PM in summer hours, and from 6 AM to 6 PM during winter hours. Admission is $15 per vehicle for the day or $40 for an annual pass that also gets you into the Merritt Island location.